Saturday, June 26, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
In the bottom of every article in Google Reader, there's this:
Right now, if I need to Google bookmark something, I click on the article's headline to open it in a new tab. Thereafter, I click the Google Bookmark button (rather, bookmarklet). I'm sure there must be a way to avoid this unnecessary step of opening the article in a new tab (having read it already in Google Reader). I even tried a Greasemonkey plug-in for Firefox.
Any suggestions? Please tell me I'm not the only person facing this?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
You probably knew this already!
But when I got a cute little warning while using Gmail, I couldn't help but replicate the warning - to get this screenshot:
(please click on the image below - to see what I mean)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Interestingly, there's a digg in almost every section (technology, gaming, etc) mentioning LivingSocial. The thumbnail features a girl(s) in a bikini or something similar - basically, something that's a definite attention grabber...
After encountering a few of these (and a couple from Groupon too), it struck me that these are sponsored posts!
It appears the Daily Deals companies like LivingSocial & Groupon are all over Digg! I'd love to know how effective this really is? Any ideas?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
OK, so we're closer to release, and in a week, we'll request five restaurant owners to play around with our application at www.eyesandfeet.com/Some-secret-location/
Only, we've got a semantic problem! Is this release a prototype, an alpha or a beta? A private or closed beta perhaps? Or maybe a pre-alpha of sorts? What about the next release?
Is it even good luck to use greek alphabets anymore considering the way the Greek economy is going? Is Chinese the new Greek? After all, the Alpha-Beta nomenclature for software releases happened only because IBM simply decided to use what they had in place for hardware.
Our understanding of Alpha & Beta was further clouded by Google's liberal use of the Beta tag before 2009 (before they started going after Microsoft's business customers). And then, Flickr even had a Gamma release!
Here are a few things we learnt. You may find them useful:
- Pre Alpha phase = pre testing phase
- Once you start testing internally or with a really small focus group, you're in the Alpha phase
- The culmination of the Alpha phase is a feature freeze - features that will find their way into the Beta release
- Alpha and Private Beta are the same.
- The common prefixes to 'Beta' are closed (limited to a selected group) or open (to a larger group, usually the general public)
- Beta release is the same as a prototype / preview / early access (for some reason, I thought that for web apps, the alpha release was the prototype)
Other terms downstream that we won't cover here: Release Candidate (RC), Golden Master (Apple's version of RC), Gamma, Delta, Omega & Zenith (yes, they all exist), RTM, GA
Interestingly, Google redefined Beta so much that 'Perpetual Beta' found its way into popular lexicon - with O'Reilly throwing their weight behind it.
And never one to mince words, Jason Fried wrote about it and a Jason (presumably Fried) writes in the comments of the same article:
"Beta is just a way to not be responsible for the shit you put on the web"Hmmm.
Image courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveiga/3156144126/